In the first weekend of professional football since being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Germany’s top two teams carried on their winning ways.
Bayern Munich won away at Union Berlin by two goals to nil whilst second place Borussia Dortmund won yesterday at home to Schalke in the Revierderby.
In what is dubbed across the world as ‘the mother of all derbies’ in the industrial heartland, yesterday should have been a fierce game in the industrial heartland. However, whether due to lack of playing or a lack of any kind of crowd, Schalke looked sluggish and Dortmund cruised to an easy home win by 4 goals to nil.
Norwegian wonderkid Erling Haland scored the first with Brazilian Guerreiro scoring the second and final goal.
Thorgon Hazard, younger brother of Real Madrid and former Chelsea star Eden Hazard, scored aswell as they ran rampant.
Leaders Bayern Munich kept up their hot form, even with a two month break, by winning at 12th place Union Berlin.
Union were missing coach Urs Fischer following the death of his father-in-law, with assistant trainer Markus Hoffmann taking charge for their first ever home clash against Germany’s top team.
Robert Lewandowski scored first for Bayern from the spot.
It was the striker’s 26th top-flight goal this season and his 40th across all competitions and he is now the Bundesliga’s all-time top scoring foreigner.
Benjamin Pavard scored a header on the 80th minute to wrap up a one-sided game.
All matches in Germany were played ‘behind closed doors’ with fans barred from the stadium.
All players have been under a strict lockdown themselves to help contain the virus and to prove they are able to finish the season out safely.
Subs and linesmen wore masks and all players were told not to shake hands, reverting to a touching of the elbows instead as a gentlemanly gesture of sportsmanship, even upon scoring.
Even with the conditions, seeing the beautiful game is a welcome sight for sports fans, with many hoping it will prove other nations can follow suit.
The English FA are set to meet this week to see if they can restart the Premier League next month, with Liverpool dead favourites to wrap their first league title up since 1990.
With the success of this weekend, it looks every bit a possibility.